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. it's clear to me they made a political calculation. before president obama and his team are demanding that they allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans expire. >> there's no way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates have to go up. >> reporter: but republicans have drawn a line in the sand in raising tax rates. instead, signaling they're open to raising revenue by limiting the tax code. it's a major sticking point. holding up a deal. >> right now, i'd say we're nowhere. >> reporter: president obama is looking for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over ten years. speaker boehner is offering half of that. there's $600 billion. the speaker says that's not enough. although he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, it means on january 1st, every american will pay more income tax, between 2,000 to $2,200 for the average family. $500 billion in automatic spending cuts will go into effect. half of that at the pentagon. the other half coming in transportation, food safety and re
retaliatory action from the united states. monday, president obama warned the syrian regime. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. >> reporter: obama administration and military officials say they believe president assad has gotten the message. >> we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line. and those responsible would be held to account. >> reporter: the syrian regime, which has been massacring citizens for nearly two-straight years, has been careful not to confirm it has the weapons. >> even if we have them, we shall not use them against our people. >> reporter: but president assad's father used chemical weapons. and officials believe pressure on the current government is mounting. opposition is making tactical gains that could trigger a shift in the conflict. the state department believes the conflict is growing closer to assad and is looking into reports that assad's men are looking for a place to go into exile. >> tahman bradley, live in washington.
queen of american fashion be president obama's next big ambassador abroad? >>> and good evening. tonight, we have the news that american home owners have been waiting to hear. the price of the family house is roaring back to life. home prices up more than 6% across the country, and that's the biggest jump in six years. abc's david muir is here to tell us what's ahead and which markets are causing the big stir tonight. david? >> diane, we've been waiting to see a result like this. a jump for years now tracking the housing crisis since it started following families, entire neighborhoods as they waited for a rebound. and today, when we went back to one street, one of the hardest hit in america, we couldn't believe the turnaround. call it an early christmas gift for millions of americans who own homes. tonight, new signs home values are finally on the rise again. the biggest spike, in arizona where home prices are up more than 21%. >> and this is cortis street. >> reporter: perhaps you'll remember our drive through that neighborhood outside phoenix, it was ground zero for the housing crash f
. >> and president obama and congressional republicans are making plenty of sound bytes about it all. but very little progress. abc's tahman bradley has the details from washington. >> reporter: democrats and republicans remain light years apart. here's president obama, in an interview with bloomberg tv, describing house speaker john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: the speaker's plan would raise $800 billion in tax revenue. but does so without raising tax rates for top income earners. the president says that's unacceptable. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: republicans, like rising star senator marco rubio, say raising taxes on the wealthy is the wrong approach. >> the tax increases he wants would fail to make even a small dent in the debt. it would hurt middle-class businesses and the people who work for them. >> reporter: so, that's the major holdup, taxes. republicans and democrats deeply divided. >> there
next week's vote on a new constitution. president obama spoke with morsi yesterday via phone, calling the violence unacceptable. >>> and back here at home, we get a new snapshot of the economy this morning, when the government releases its jobs report for the month of november. it's believed that several factors combined seriously hampered last month's hiring. among them, concerns about the looming fiscal cliff. and other factors, as well. abc's tahman bradley has that story from washington. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is still three weeks away. but the economy may have already taken a hit. economists predict the government's monthly jobs report, due out later this morning, will show that employers added fewer than 100,000 workers in november. superstorm sandy may be part of the reason job creation slowed. but worry over the fiscal cliff may have also had an immaterial pact. some economists believe that 200,000 fewer jobs thhave been created this year, due to uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. >> it's very important we get it done now. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are tal
obama and house speaker john boehner can come together. >> the president, not so conciliatory note. we'll get the latest from david kerley coming up. >>> check this out. why all new cars may soon be spying on their drivers and making it tough for you to cover your tracks. >>> we're going to start, though, with what should have been a joyous week for the royal family. but news of kate's pregnancy was overshadowed by her hospitalization for morning sickness, a prank call that duped two of her nurses. and then, the suspected suicide of one of those nurses. this morning, the boss of the two australian deejays behind this prank is now speaking out. and abc's jeffrey kofman is in london on the story. jeffrey, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: and good morning to you, dan. an outpouring of indignation, what we're seeing around the world as news of this story spreads. and nowhere is it stronger than in australia. all of it focused on the two radio presenters behind the hoax call. >> this is 9 news. >> a sydney radio station is tonight at the center of a firestorm. >> reporter: amidst an o
.s., if those weapons become a threat. >>> and back here at home, president obama meets with the nation's governors today on urgent talks to avoid that fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats in congress appeared no closer to a compromise. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: congressional republicans' counterproposal was dead on arrival. the white house quickly rejected the $2.2 trillion deficit reduction plan, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. but the plan calls for raising the revenue without raising tax rates on top income earners, something the white house views as unacceptable. during a photo op, the president avoided questions about the gop plan. >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: a senior white house official called the proposal a step backwards. saying if republicans do not agree to some higher tax rates for the wealthy, the nation will go over the fiscal cliff, and the american people will hold them responsible. democrats also take issue with the proposal's spending cuts to medicare and social security. republican counter
are talking, no breakthrough locked in a stalemate. president obama demanding higher tax rates for the wealthy and permanent extension of the debt ceiling be part of a deal. >> he showed what is he is after is assuming unprecedented power without limit. >> reporter: republicans say they will only raise tax revenue in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal one casualty would be the end of compensation for long term unemployed, people like melinda worried. >> christmas and things of that nature probably off the table. >> reporter: aides met yesterday but no signs of progress. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >>> if you park at a bart station while riding the trains get ready for potential hike in fees by 50 cents twice a year at high volume lots. it would cap the increases to $3 a day. currently commuters shell out a dollar. west oakland costs five. bart makes 15 million dollars a year in parking fees, an increase could mean extra five million dollars annually. >>> muni offering riders a holiday gift, free rides only good on december 28th, the 100th anniversary of the agenc
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avoiding the fiscal cliff. new polling suggests support for president obama's position in the standoff with congressional republicans. >> the new associated press poll finds 48% of americans want tax cuts for wealthy to expire. and it says more people want to cut government services than raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit. >> now, if the nation goes over the cliff at the end of the year, it's going to affect everyone, including the unemployed, as abc's jonathan karl reports. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay our bills. >> reporter: she's been without a job for a year. her $450 a week unemployment check her life line. >> we won't be able to pay some of our bills and, i mean, you know, that's for christmas and things of that nature, probably off the table. >> reporter: she is not alone. without a deal, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people out of work more than 26 weeks.
" is shifting a little bit now, where there's a sense that, if president obama goes into his second term and poisons the environment so much that he can't get a deal and we go over the cliff it's going to be so toxic for year two, year three and year four. the president has to worry about his legacy. even though republicans might get blamed, this whole idea of the president bringing this country together, >> democrats have to be wary of. isn't it? >> i don't see it that way at all. look, the president has made a proposal. it may not be what everyone likes. i don't think it was an outrageous proposal. it's consistent with everything he said before. it's a proposal, a real proposal. the republicans have put nothing on the table. if we go over the cliff, it's not at all clear to the american people are going to blame the president as opposed to a party. >> the blame is real dispiriting because the idea of who's going to get the blame instead of figuring out how to keep it from happening is exactly what drives voters nuts. >> they might have to be aware of who's going to get the blame before
the votes and the third party will tally results. voting ends on monday. >> president obama tells bloomberg in an interview, that ceos need to start hiring again. >> willow bay joins with us that and more this afternoon's after the bell report. willow? >> hi, yes. president obama granted a first television interview since reelection to bloomberg. the president made it clear he considers tech sector to be a key driver of growth. he met with business leaders in silicon valley. and talk about the power of an nation to create jobs. much of the interview is focused on the fiscal cliff. it also talked about topics vital to tech and business communities. and what more could be done to boost the economy. here is some of what he had to say. >> conversation was ceos, they teal me we're ready to fire. -- hire. but we want a little bit of certainty out there. and what is missing is not only a deal, on long term deficit reduction. what smising is steps we can be taking now. >> if you own shares of oracle, next check will be bigger than usual. ora cell will pay next three dividends at once. the software
and counting until the nation falls off the fiscal cliff. president obama and house speaker boehner are going on with negotiations. >> we had another week of massive trash-talking, are we closer or further away from getting a deal? >> they're not really talking right now. that's what's most incredible. there were speeches all week long. lot of ads on television. less than an hour of negotiations. one-hour phone call between to president obama and house speaker boehner. democrats say they're not going to move until the republicans say they're going to be for higher tax rates on the wealthy. and spending cuts. republicans aren't going to come forward until the democrats say more about how they want to cut spending. right now, we're stuck. now, it could be the well that is getting poisoned right now, as positions are going to harden with all of these negotiations they sometimes with most fire before they break. the debt limit, president obama said that he's not going to negotiate at all over the debt limit. i don't know how you can get that resolved by december 31st. >> could the republicans giv
through spending cuts, and while president obama would not answer questions about the counterproposal -- >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> thank you. >> reporter: -- a senior white house official assailed it as a step backwards saying if republicans do not agree to some higher rates for wealthier taxpayers, the nation will go over the cliff and the american people will hold the republicans responsible. wall street remains optimistic a deal will be struck, so the lack of progress has not yet resulted in a market plunge, but some economists estimate that because of the uncertainty posed by the fiscal cliff, at least 200,000 fewer jobs have been created this year. and, diane, the official deadline for the fiscal cliff is december 31st at midnight when the ball drops in times square, but there's actually another deadline. the house of representatives is scheduled to go on winter break a week from friday, so really there are only 11 days to work out a plan as of now, diane. >> talk about the clock ticking down. thanks so much, jake. >>> and, of course, the president also spoke out
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a breathtaking year of change on the issue. president obama, in a switch from 2008, announced his support for gay marriage in a may interview with abc's robin roberts. >> for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: on election day last month, voters approved gay marriage at the ballot box for the first time, after dozens of defeats, when maine, maryland and washington state legalized it. but now, it all comes down to the nine justices of the supreme court, and they are generally conservative on social issues, though they're closely divided. for opponents of gay marriage, the very fabric of our society is at stake. >> the fundamental reason why marriage is treated as a public institution rather than a purely private relationship is because it serves the interest of society and the interest of children. >> reporter: edie windsor thinks it's simpler than all that. if you could talk to the supreme court as they consider this case, what would you tell them? >> it's a marriage that anyone would want, okay, ga
nato for patriot missiles to defend itself as a precaution. president obama has warned syria the u.s. will respond if chemical weapons are employed. >>> back in this country, federal health officials say the flu season is already here. it's the earliest start in nearly a decade. and take a look at this map. widespread flu already being reported from tennessee into the deep south, texas, missouri and georgia not far behind. this year's strain could be dangerous for children and the elderly. doctors' advice here, get your flu shots. >>> meanwhile here in new york, police trying to find the man in this subway surveillance video, arguing with another man in the middle of the day. seconds later, he pushed that man into the path of an oncoming train. the man was killed. police are checking other video, hoping to find a clear image of the killer. no word on what the two were arguing about. >>> and finally, some quick thinking here saves the lives of these two young girls waiting for their mother outside a store. that awning above them collapses. but the girl, able to drag her sister out o
and that fast-approaching fiscal cliff. president obama has rejected the latest republican offer. he's taking a very hard line in the talks. >>> there's growing outage here in new york city over a front-page photo from "the new york post" yesterday. this man has just fallen down on the tracks. is just seconds away from a subway train hitting and killing him. many people upset why the photographer was taking the picture and not helping the man. this morning, he's talking out, justifying why he took the photo. and why so many other folks were running away. there's nobody there trying to help him off the tracks. >> he says he was trying to help. we're going to get into that. >>> also, you guys over there took advantage of the spring weather yesterday. >> yes, we did. we needed a walk. but more importantly, we needed to see our old pal, robin. we got to walk through the riverside park, as the sun was setting on a beautiful day in manhattan. it's always the case. she's always the -- >> she looks fantastic. >> she is the best medicine for us. it was amazing. >> and let me tell you, only one of us f
. >> that's a frightening development, something president obama took very seriously. >>> we have a warning this morning that all parents with infants need to here. federal authorities are taking an unprecedented move of suing the manufacturers of infant recliner, saying they are dangerous. i don't know about you guys. but i used these with both of my babies. pretty amazing. >> yeah. >>> also ahead, a major announcement today we can't wait to share with you. it involves all of us and more "gma" every day. we're excited to tell you what we're talking about later on this morning. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to the news out of london. lama hasan is outside of the hospital where kate middleton checked out, roses in her hand. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning, george. just moments ago, a very happy duke and duchess of cambridge left the hospital behind me. one of the reporters asked kate if she was feeling any better. kate nodded and smiled and replied yes. after three days and three nights in the hospital, kate, suffering from acute morning sickness, just departed the hospita
the so-called fiscal cliff. this morning president obama will host some of the nation's governors to spread his message. the president wants to raise 1.6 trillion in revenue by increasing taxes on the top 2% of income earners. republicans counted with a 2.2 trillion dollar deficit reduction plan, 800 billion dollars in revenue, but didn't call for raising tax rates on wealthy. the proposal was quickly ejected with the white house. >>> new -- rejected by the white house. >>> new poll shows -- gallup asked americans to rate honesty and ethical standards car salesmen got lowest marks 8% marked them high or very high. congress is just above them, only 10% scored in the top two categories to be honest. journalists 24%. top of the rankings, nurses, 84% of americans gave them the highest marks and of course meteorologists right behind that >> i was going to say even though it is not darn -- not a 100% science -- [ talking over each other ] >> 100% science that has accuracy, a little less -- okay stop digging. [ talking over each other ] >> they didn't rate meteorologists i wonder who is
over the cliff, it is clear they've made a political calculation. >> reporter: president obama and his team are demanding that congress allow bush era tax cuts to expire. >> there is no responsible way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations those rates have to go up. >> reporter: republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates signaling they are open to raising revenue by reforming the tax code and limiting reductions for the wealthy. >> right now i would say we are nowhere. >> reporter: president obama asking for 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years, boehner is offering half that. the president offering 600 billion dollars in cuts to medicare and other programs. the speaker says that is not enough. he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, january 1st, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 to $2400 for the average family, 2% cut in payroll taxes will disappear, 500 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts in effect, half at the pentagon the other half
chemicals needed to make sarin. president obama has issued a stern warning to president assad that the use of chemical weapons would be totally unacceptable. u.s. officials are concerned with the fight moving closer to the capital city of damascus the assad regime may be getting desperate and could use chemical weapons to crush the rebellion. >>> pentagon appointing new military judge to hear the case of an army psychologist. military appeals court ordered the current judge removed because he did not appear impartial. gross ordered the defendant major hasan to be forcibly shaved during the trial. hasan is accused of murdering 13 when opened fire on fellow soldiers in 2009. >> the nation's airlines have taken in 36 billion dollars in revenue from airline fees this year they think they can make more. airlines officials are discussing ways to maximize passenger fees. tossing around the idea of new forms of travel insurance or giving travelers the chance to reorder meals. most airlines charge for food, cocktails, wifi and checked bags. >>> word this morning that new york city mayor bloomberg i
. today the obama administration will recommend seniors be careful before signing one. new starbucks likely coming to a neighborhood near you, planning to open 1500 more cafes over the next five years, averaging two ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. >>> good morning. 5:14. live look san francisco looking across the bay into oakland and east bay, something is happening in the east bay. yes! the raiders game! [ laughing ] >> that was too easy. >> hosting the broncos and peyton manning. >> should be a good one. we'll check in with mike. >>> developing news in the search for a nevada couple reported missing after driving into the sier
. the couple is expecting their first child. >>> back on this side of the pond, also new, president obama will visit the home of a middle class family today to make his case for avoiding the fiscal cliff, a northern virginia couple to highlight his push for extending current tax rates for everyone but the top 2%. new associated press poll shows there is clear support for mr. obama's plan in the poll 48% want the tax cuts on incomes exceeding quarter million dollars a year to expire in january while continuing them for everyone else. 32% want to renew the tax cuts for everyone. findings seem to strengthen the president's hand in his negotiations >> recall alert for parents from 7 on your side. government is taking action against makers of nap nanny, a portable baby recliner, after five infanned -- five infant deaths. the nap nanny poses risk of injury and death to infants. the commission says it is a dangerous product with a faulty sign. coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00, why the makers are refusing to pull its product. >>> this afternoon cal will hold a news conference to introd
. >>> we're 23 days and counting until the nation falls off the fiscal cliff. president obama and house speaker boehner are going mano e mano in negotiations. >> let's bring in george stephanopoulos. george, i'm going to ask this question until this thing is over. >> we had another week of massive trash-talking, are we closer or further away from getting a deal? >> it's hard to know. but they're not really talking right now. that's what's most incredible. you pointed out that there were speeches all week long. symbolic votes in the senate. lot of brinksmanship. lot of ads on television. less than an hour of actual negotiating. one phone call between john boehner, house peeker and the president. democrats say they're not going to move until the republicans say they're going to be for higher tax rates on the wealthy. and then say what they want in return. in terms of spending cuts for those higher tax rates. the republicans say they aren't going to come forward until the democrats say more about how they want to cut spending. right now, we're stuck. now, it could be the well that is getti
obama's health care act, $116 billion in medicare savings, which a lot of republicans, not you, but a lot of republicans in the last campaign, including mitt romney, ran against. >> well, george, first of all, the $700 billion in savings doesn't save the government a penny, because it takes that 7$700 billion and spends it on other people. what -- it's really important that people look. the government is twice the size it was 11 years ago, we have seen the president demand that we're going to solve 7% of this problem, but he's totally inflexible on the other 93%. it doesn't really matter what happens at the end of this year, because ultimately, the numbers and the bondholders throughout the world, will determine what we'll spend and what we won't. we can play the political game that is being played out in washington right now. or we could actually be absolutely honest with the american people, and say medicare is going bankrupt, social security bankrupt in two years, social security trust fund will be bankrupt in five years, social security total will be bankrupt in probably 16
kerley at the white house tonight. >> reporter: president obama and his white house team appear confident with the stronger hand in talks with house republicans, demanding and believing tax rates for the wealthy are going up. >> there is no responsible way we can govern the country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates are going to have to go up. >> i was flabbergasted. i look at him and i said, you can't be serious. >> reporter: the two sides are seriously far apart. the president wants $1.6 billion in new tax revenue over ten years. the speaker wants half that. the president wants spending cuts, $600 billion. to medicare and other programs. not enough, says the speaker. >> if we gave the president 1.6 trillion of more money, what do you think he is going to do with it? he is going to spend it. that is what washington does. >> they have to come to us and tell us what they need. what we can't do is to keep guessing. >> so the ball is in their court? >> absolutely. and they understand that. >> reporter: the good news, it appears the mortgage reduction is not par
's give ground. >> i think this time around, obama learned from his past mistakes and importantly, advantage that if he does nothing he's in better shape than republicans oor professor cane says congressional republicans holding middle class cuts hostage in order to force the president's hand. the problem is the g.o.p. cannot afford to carry out that threat and they're blamed for raising everyone's taxes in order to protect the rich and put republican party in a dark hole. >> mark, thank you. >> on wall street today, stock prices fell on concern the deficit deadlock here is hurting the economy. dow jones lost nearly 60 points. nasdaq slid eight points and s and p 500 lost about seven today. >> republicans in california are worried about the possibility of taxes going up because there aren't enough of them in sacramento to block it. lawmakers ushered in a new era today at the capitol. and nannette mirror rand wra reports democrats now hold all of the power. >> please raise your right hands, repeat after me. >> it begins with a reshaped legislature. giving them authorities to raise
the sleepy hollow creek however. >> president obama urged twitter followers on monday to support his position on fiscal cliff debate. president wants debt reduction that includes higher taxes on the wealthy. congressional republicans came one a counter proposal. their plan would reduce the national debt by 2.2 trillion including 800 billion in new tax revenue but no tax increase for the top 2% of earners. if congress and president can not reach an agreement income taxes will automatically go up for nearly all americans. >> 7 news teaming up with a job journal for another higher event. cawters have more than 350 jobs available at the free event in san jose. >> among the company hiring, hyatt regency santa clara. california army national guard. new york life insurance and financial services as well as sleep train.so what to do bring the resume to the double tree hotel in san jose from noon until 4 tomorrow. good opportunity to perhaps find the job you are looking for. >> magician from chico is recovering from severe burns to his head and face it happened while wayne was performing on telev
. >> president obama urged twitter followers on monday to support his position on fiscal cliff debate. president wants debt reduction that includes higher taxes on the wealthy. congressional republicans came one a counter proposal. their plan would reduce the national de 2.2 trillion including 800 billion in new tax revenue but no tax increase for the top 2% of earners. if congress and president can not reach an agreement income taxes will automatically go up for nearly all americans. >> 7 news teaming up with a job journal for another higher event. cawtersre than 350 jobs available at the free event in san jose. >> among the company hiring, hyatt regency santa clara. california army national guard. new york life insurance and financial services as well as sleep train.so what to do bring the resume to the double tree hotel in san jose from noon until 4 tomorrow. good opportunity to perhaps find the job you are looking for. >> magician from chico is recovering from severe burns to his head and face it happened while wayne was performing on television in the dominican republic and the show hos
honors, stars from new york joined president obama to salute the honorees. lara, huge talent in the spotlight. >> unbelievable to see, david letterman and rock band led zeppelin were just a few of the stars receiving the country's top awards for the arts. it's hard to see who was more excited to see each other, the stars of washington or the stars of hollywood. new bff hillary clinton and meryl streep. bill clinton and led zeppelin. ♪ hey, hey, mama ♪ gone make the you sweat gonna make you move ♪ >> reporter: everyone rocked as foo fighters, kid rock and lenny kravitz belted out some of zeppelin's greatest hits. ♪ i'm gonna give you my love >> reporter: and it took a bevy of famous comedians to pay tribute to their lee, late-night comedian david letterman. >> was he a brilliant, subtle, passive-aggressive, successful parody of talk show host? or some midwestern goon who was a little bit off? [ laughter ] >> when i was a teenager, dave was my justin bieber. [ laughter ] and i like to think of myself as his selena gomez. >> reporter: but it was ray romano who was able t
fiscal cliff at year's end. aides to president obama and house speaker john boehner, sitting down on thursday. but no progress was made. the sticking points, tax rates for wealthy americans, a possible lifting of the nation's debt ceiling and cutting spending on entitlements. >>> and in yet another bizarre twist in the bizarre saga of software tycoon john mcafee. mcafee was rushed to the hospital thursday from a detention center in guatemala city, after complaining of chest pains. he's now back in his cell and could be send back to belize, where police want to question him about the murder of his neighbor. >>> now, here's diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> so, josh, it's friday. it's great to talk to you. and how about a holiday tradition for years? everybody wondering, what happened to the determined little boy they loved? well, he's all grown up. and he has a perfect gift for you. tonight, behind the scenes of a christmas classic. and he is our "person of the week" tonight. >> cannot wait to see that. >>> and finally, well, we would be remiss if we
of five don't know it. that's why the u.s. created worlds aids day in 1995. several hundred people obama served -- observed the day and awarded nancy pelosi for her work and a scholarship to a woman who teaches teens about aids and six. >> rather they learn from me i don't know any youth want to talk to a 30 or 40-year-old about hiv or using a condom but i'm that bridge. >> also kicked off a text to donate campaign. donate $10 too the memorial, text the worth heal to 501501. >> despite the rain cr there were several holiday parades and tree lightings, hundreds of people lined main street in pleasant ton for the city's annual parade. a few spectators had umbrellas but for the most part the crowd lucked out. there was only occasional drizzle. >> we're glad it stopped raining. >> ama: the rain picked up a little bit as they lit the official tree just before 7:00. all in all the event squeezed in nicely between the weekend storms, and nice to get a little break but that's already out the window. >> leigh: getting a little bit of a lull right now. checking out the live doppler 7hd, high defin
that it will throw the country into a recession. that would hurt the whole country, of course president obama as well. they have to be careful here as well. but democrats and the president clearly believe that they have the leverage to force an increase in these tax rates on the upper income americans before they agree to a deal. >> we'll all be watching the stock market as well. if that indeed happen. >>> the president is also concentrating on recasting his new cabinet and one name that came up yesterday is a replacement for leon panetta at the defense department. actually a republican, chuck hagel. former senator from nebraska. >> it's possible, but this is a real game of musical chairs right now. the president has to fill at least three big jobs, secretary of state, hillary clinton, defense and cia. and if the president does not choose susan rice that means john kerry goes to state and hagel goes to defense. if he chooses kerry for state then you could end up having hagel go to cia. we just don't know right now. but all of those names are in play as we talk. >> this wouldn't be his first republica
-in-chief of vogue may be in line for a new job, u.s. ambassador. president obama is considering nominating anna win tour as the next ambassador to -- either united king come or -- kingdom or france she helped bring in more than $500,000 to his reelection campaign and certainly an icon in the fashion world. this would be something new. >> it would be indeed. >>> coming up, ahead the deep one fast food giant is offering to celebrate a big milestone. >>> protecting elderly from scams and abuse, tips to make ♪ [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait original are now made with no high fructose corn syrup. and why we use only natural colors and natural flavors in yoplait original. so, anything else we can do for you, let us know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! >>> welcome back. 6:14. a few sprinkles in north bay, otherwise mild, 50°. the rain will become steady in the north bay by noon
as if president obama and congressional republican are doing plenty of criticizing making very little progress. abc's karen travers is in washington. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. there are now two proposals on the table, but the negotiations have reached a stalemate. so that means there will be some intense discussions and deja vu all over again over the next couple of weeks. >> reporter: both the white house and congressional republicans have put forward a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. but right now they're miles apart and digging in their heels. president obama told bloomberg tv a deal is possible, but -- >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: that plan sent to the white house offers a total of $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. that includes $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and $800 billion in new tax revenue, but here's the key. no rate increases in the top 2% of taxpayers. that's non-negotiable for president obama. >> we're not going to be able to got a deal without it. >> r
marzullo, -- lending more freely. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> president obama speaks to business leaders this morning over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. currently no plans for congressional leaders to meet with the president at the white house. if no deal is reaped by year's end everyone's taxes will go up and massive cuts will take place, affecting defense and social spending. >>> when we came in this morning, just mist and drizzle. >> i hardly had to use my wipers. that is changing for a lot of folks. >> it is. right now as you look at our roof cam, nice batch of light to moderate rain falling now over the embarcadero. not so heavy we can see the ferry building and the bay bridge enough that it is causing ponding on the embarcadero this morning that's what most of us are going to run into especially east bay highway 4 connects to 680 south of vine hill coming into concord pleasanton down to walnut creek latest update light to moderate rain especially overconcord and pleasant hill highway 4 bay point, pittsburg, antioch highway 4 commute which is usually treacherous any way is going to
lower a cost of living. president obama's plan raising taxes but medicare and social security will be largely spared. the budget cuts. we're getting an idea about possible long term impact tax increases voter as proved in proposition 30 could have on state economy. abc 7 news joins us live now with the story. nannette? >> well, higher taxes are not expected to be a major hit to the economy. if you're looking for a job it's hard to hear about a possible slow down in highering. governor brown got voters last month to approve proposition 30. a temporary income tax increase and a boos0qz the sales tax to save public schools. but a new anderson forecast called it a double edged sword because that will have a slight drag on the committee, slowing california growth. >> republicans have been saying that sometime. it change behaviors. it's dampening economic recovery. >> the forecast estimates payroll growth hovering between 1% and 2% in next two years. it predicts the rate will average 10.5% by the end of the year, then improve to 9.7% next year with the jobless rate around 8.4% in 20
light friday morning commute. >>> the white house says president obama has called egyptian president morsi to express deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in egypt this week. new video in overnight you can see large crowds of protesters in cairo expressing ager after a nationally tell advised speech by morsi they say he offered nothing concrete to defuse the country's worst political crisis in two years. opposition says would it not enter into dialogue with morsi unless he rescinds decrees giving him unrestricted powers. >>> in a few hours, pearl harbor survivors will place an a wreath to mark the 71st anniversary of the japanese attack on pearl harbor followed by a 21 gun salute more than 2400 americans died when the japanese bombed pearl harbor in a surprise attack before 10:00 our time december 7th, 1941. the attack helped usher the u.s. into world war ii. this afternoon sons and daughters of survivors will attend the 48th annual beacon in honor of pearl harbor day. >>> coming up, tax refund checks california is itching to give away. what you need to know to fi
. aides to president obama and speaker boehner met yesterday afternoon, but that meeting ended with no signs of progress. stay with abc7 morning news, 6:30 the opening bell live from the new york stock exchange. 6:45 live to jane king for an update. >>> in a few hours pearl harbor survivors as well as military and coast guard veterans will place a wreath in alameda to mark the 71st anniversary of the japanese attack on the pearl harbor base in hawaii. it will be followed by a 20 within gun salute. more than 2400 americans died when the japanese bombed pearl harbor in a surprise attack december 7th, 1941. the attack helped usher the u.s. into world war ii. 3:45 in afternoon sons and daughters of survivors will attend the 48th annual beacon lighting in honor of pearl harbor day. >>> the iphone is likely coming to t-mobile in the new year, the company says it will add apple products in 2013 the company didn't mention the iphone by name and misses say it is likely the -- >>> san francisco-based site zynga wants a real money gambling experience for users. the company has filed an ap
as president obama plans to ask congress to approve $60 billion in aid to help communities rebuild from damage caused by sandy. >> native patriots quarterback tom brady is a new daddy again. brady ask his wife announced birth of their second child a little girl namedqst" vivienne . the super model says they're grateful to be the parents of another little angel. they have a 3-year-old son. >> congratulations autos from movie premiers to events, red carpets are packed now. >> we can hear all about it in today's on the red carpet report its a busy time for a-listers here in los angeles. matt damon and friends hit the red carpet last night for the premier of his latest film "promise land". >> seemed like a perfect back drop for a movie about american identity. the decisions we make as communities. >> in new york city another0w%ñ premier we learned some facts about elijah wood. >> i think i relate to hobbits. i love a comfortable home, good food and friends. i do love to travel which is not very hobbit-y. >> also in new york a benefit event put on by alicia keys celebrating yet another number one
, president obama is taking a sharply partisan tone in his weekly address blaming house republicans for blocking a bill to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis. as we move closer to a year end deadline where huge tax increases kick in and tax cuts kick in, they have not compromised to help reduce the deficit. latest senate version would prevent a tax height on the first $250,000 of earning. >> the americans will get a cut on the first $250,000 of their income and families everywhere would enjoy peace of find. the senate has done their part. we are waiting for republicans in the house to do the same thing but so far they have put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest americans. >> republican florida senator marco rubio said tax increases will not reduce the nation's $16 trillion debt. >>> officials for the proposed sonoma rail transit project or smart train are looking to get $16.6 million in federal fund to go buy more train cars. today the press democrat reports money otherwise would be used for local pedestrian and bicycle paths. it is committed to go
.com. >>> in oakland, laura anthony, abc7 news. >> new this morning, president obama is taking a sharply partisan tone in his weekly address, blaming house republicans for blocking a bill to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis. as we move closer to a year end deadline where huge tax increases kick in and tax cuts kick in, they have not compromised to help reduce the deficit. the latest senate version would prevent a tax height on the first $250,000 of earning. >> the wealthiest americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income and families everywhere would enjoy some peace of mind. the senate has done their part. we are waiting for republicans in the house to do the same thing, but so far they have put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest americans. >> republican florida senator marco rubio said tax increases will not reduce the nation's $16 trillion debt. >>> officials for the proposed sonoma-marin rail transit project or smart train are looking to get $16.6 million in federal fund to go buy more train cars. today the press democrat reports money othe
.com. >>> new this morning, president obama is taking a partisan tone in his weekly address blaming house republicans for blocking a bill to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis. congress has not compromised on whether taxes should be raised on wealthy americans to help reduce the deficit. latest version of the plan would prevent a tax hike on the first quarter million dollars of a person's earning. >> the wealthiest americans would get a tax cut on first $250,000 and families everywhere would enjoy peace of mind. senate has done their part. we're waiting for republicans and so far they have put unballoted plan that lowers rates for the wealthy americans. >> marco rubio says it will not reduce the nation's $16 trillion debt. >> officials for the proposed sonoma marin smart train are looking to get federal funding to buy more train cars. smart train is committed to go to cloverdale and larkspur but more rail cars would be needed. they report that money force the cars would come out of the budget for pedestrian and bicycle paths. bicycle advocates say it will take away two-thirds of their fundin
. it was a star-studded night in washington last night. president obama saluted this year's kennedy center honorees. among them, a pretty motley crew here. the members of led zeppelin, talk show host dave letterman. there's dave. as well as renowned actor dustin hoffman. >> the president recognized them for their influence on american culture. he said all started from humble beginnings and made it to the top of their profession. the kennedy center event is an annual december tradition. >> i think we'll actually see the show in a few weeks coming up. very cool. good crowd too. >> yeah. >>> and if you're like me, maybe you're feeling a little fancy. >> you feel fancy? >> i never feel fancy. gift wrapping means putting a present into one of the holiday gift bags with no handles. that's how i roll. but just pay those people at the mall to take care of it. that's the route i prefer. >> we call that convenience, right? >> amen. >> not for crafty folks who came to new york city to attack one of the most difficult holiday chores with the most difficult holiday gifts. it was a flurry of wrapping pa
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